The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) in partnership with the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD) in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), hosted a high level Policy Dialogue on Social Cohesion on the 24 November 2016 in Pretoria. The focus of the event was to disseminate and debate policy recommendations from the five research papers namely, Interrogating the Drivers of Inequality; Mobility and the Middle Class; Social Cohesion and Inequality; The Vulnerable in the Labour Market and Possible Policy Interventions to deal with Structural Inequality.
In light of South Africa’s plight as being one of the most unequal societies, PSPPD in partnership with the European Union (EU), embarked on a research project to make important local and international contributions in sharpening the understanding of inequality as a distorting force and a cause of distorted and sub-optimal development. The project led by Professor Murray Leibbrandt, Professor Haroon Bhorat and Mr Joel Netshitenzhe took stock of the existing research on inequality in South Africa and, in collaboration with the research community in the country, produced five papers that will fill key gaps in the existing knowledge base.
MISTRA has been commissioned to facilitate a high-level Policy Dialogue - to disseminate and debate policy recommendations from the five research papers. The dialogue was used as a platform for unbounded discussion, in a Chatham House rules format, in order to develop a common understanding of the challenges. The authors of the five research papers engaged with their respective contributions, interrogating methodology, findings and policy recommendations.
In the National Development Plan (NDP), and in most South African policy documents, poverty and inequality are coupled as twin evils or even as synonyms. For the NDP to succeed, Government needs to reach specific milestones and, to eliminate inequality and poverty by 2030, South Africa needs to establish specific regulatory frameworks. To achieve this, relevant government departments and sectors of society must develop a shared vision. You have been identified as a key stakeholder that may contribute towards the formulation of such a vision.
Download Joel Netshitenzhe's full speech here: Inequality Policy Dialogue_Joel Netshitenzhe_20161121.pdf